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Now NRI's to Vote in Elections
Jan 15, 2015

The decks are cleared for enabling the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to vote during elections in India. The government informed the Supreme Court that it has accepted the Election Commission’s (EC) that the option of voting through proxy or an e-postal ballot system could be considered for NRIs who want to cast their vote during elections in India.

  • The proposal was accepted to the government in letter and spirit and that a committee had been set up to devise the modalities of its implementation.

  • The court urged the Centre to issue appropriate orders and amend necessary laws to have the proposal implemented at the earliest. It posted the matter after eight weeks.

  • It is to be noted here that an EC panel had recommended allowing voting for the NRIs through proxy and e-postal ballot.

  • The poll panel had ruled out the possibility of allowing NRIs to vote through the Internet or at diplomatic missions abroad for the time being.

  • In a report submitted to the Supreme Court, the EC had said that “the option of voting through proxy appointed by overseas electors…” as well as “e-postal ballot, where blank postal ballot paper is transferred electronically to the NRI and returned by post” can be considered.

  • According to the EC, the e-postal ballot system has almost no risk of manipulation, rigging or violation of secrecy.

  • This system can be initially tried in one or two constituencies in elections to the legislative Assemblies. Then it can then be scaled up to more Assembly elections and finally Parliamentary elections if found feasible, practicable and meeting the objectives of free and fair elections.

  • Proxy voting, voting through an appointed person—ordinarily from the same constituency as the voter—is currently available to service voters belonging to the armed forces and paramilitary forces.

  • The poll panel said that the “proxy voting facility would be a convenient, efficacious and doable method of providing voting facility to overseas electors."

  • Since the appointment of proxy can be made at any point of time, the issue of time constraint, the logistical issues of embassy and the related issue of host country permission is eliminated in this system.

  • Proxy voting could be considered as an option with the conditions that only one person acts as the proxy for only one overseas elector, that the proxy is enrolled as a voter in the same constituency as the overseas elector and that the appointment of a proxy shall be valid till the time it is revoked by the elector.

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